A quick shake for an on-the-go snack is one of my saving graces. It keeps me from going through a drive thru or grabbing a candy bar to prevent me from getting too hungry which also leads to a sugar high and quick drop. And, while being pregnant, it’s even more important that I don’t allow myself to get too hungry.
With that said, I am not a fan of two popular things I often see with shakes: 1) Shakes without protein. I see lots of various types of shakes that promise so much, but they are often higher in sugar, even if natural, and lack protein. This can spike your insulin which is not good for weight loss. 2) Protein shakes with fake ingredients. While I’m pregnant, breastfeeding and/or sharing with Braxton, fake is simply a hard no for me. Thus, finding a shake that is easy to make, tastes good, provides protein and does NOT include fake ingredients isn’t the easiest.
So, here are some of my current favorites! You’ll notice they closely mimic one of those sweet drinks you can get at an all-inclusive beach resort, but way healthier and taste nearly as good! And hence the picture at the top! This was Braxton’s first international trip at 5 months old! We went to Cancun, Mexico and mom had LOTS of those drinks, but without the alcohol! I’m pretty sure I was the only 30-something woman saying, “Virgin Pina Colada, please!” Haha!
A few tips: